She tweeted: "I can finally say it out loud and proud: I'm going to a galaxy far far away!"
Lupita is best known for her breakout role in "12 Years a Slave," which earned her an Oscar.
Also joining the movie is :Game of Thrones" actress Gwendoline Christie.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" hits theaters December 2015.
Ailing iconic radio host Casey Kasem was taken to a hospital Sunday after another argument broke out between his wife and daughter over his medical care in Washington State.
"In the order of King David, go ahead and take me."
His wife, Jean, throws a piece of raw meat--apparently at Kasem's daughter, Kerri.
According to Kerri Kasem, she arrived to take her father to a doctor after a Washington judge allowed her visitation rights.
Kasem is 82-years-old and suffering from dementia.
Oscar winner Oliver Stone is going to write and direct a film on NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
He recently struck a deal with Guardian journalist Luke Harding for the rights to his book on the whistleblower.
The 67-year-old Stone says "This is one of the greatest stories of our time."
(Mary Mueller for CNN's Hollywood Minute)
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